RTA starts two bus routes to Tecom free zones

Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced two new bus routes --Route 83 and Route 85 -- that will connect Tecom free zones Dubai Internet City (DIC), Dubai Media City (DMC) and Dubai Knowledge Village (DKV) to Karama and Discovery Gardens respectively.

The buses operating on the new routes can cut down the commuting time for office-goers within the free zones by almost 50 per cent. The timings of the two bus routes take into account the peak hours.

Badr Al Gargawi, chief executive officer of engineering management, Tecom Investments, said: "The introduction of two new bus routes not only complements the public transport facilities in our free zones, but also eases the parking challenges and traffic congestion.”

The service comes as an immediate outcome of a survey that RTA conducted in collaboration with Tecom Investments in September-October 2011. From a sample size of over 800 workers and students, more than half said 'yes' to this bus service if provided.

Essa Abdulrahman Al Dosari, CEO of Public Transport Agency, said: "While plotting the new routes, we have taken into consideration the existing public transport facilities and the call for enhanced services from a particular area. We also study the outcomes of our survey prior to assigning new public bus routes.”

The total population in the free zones is 39,700, comprising 31,800 individuals from working population and 7,900 students. According to the surveyed analysis of Tecom population, the majority of the population works between 8am and 7pm. The direct bus route has been planned to address the demands of peak working hours. The survey further revealed that a fair number of these employees and students are ready to use public transport system given a choice.

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